This time the Spokane-area University Titans grabbed a sizable lead and hung on for a 50-41 win over Mercer Island and a chance to play for a state trophy their seventh medal in school history.
Bolting out to an 8-0 lead, the Titans (11-15) lost it all, and eventually trailed 29-28 on Taylor Krauses jumper for the Islanders midway through the third quarter.
But University got it back, and was up 44-36 with 2:17 to go.
Mercer Island (16-12) scored four points in a row in 40 seconds to trim it to 44-40, capped by Julia Blumensteins two free throws. And suddenly the question came to mind: Were the Titans in danger of blowing a big fourth-quarter lead late for a second consecutive day?
Not this time. The Titans made 12 of 14 free throws in the quarter and were 6-for-6 (Morgan Hawley, Emma Kennedy, Ashley Woods) in the final 36 seconds.
When you are on the bench, you dont notice the makes, you just notice the misses, University coach Mark Stinson said. I thought we obviously did a better job with the ball, and controlled tempo.